I was reminded the other day that I haven't been paying very much attention to that essential ingredient in the stew that is rock n' roll - Girl Groups. Mea culpa. Girl groups were a staple in the diet of 1950's Doo-Wop and later, when it morphed into Soul it became just as important an element as the Rhythm section.
One of the more successful groups to come out of the early days of rock n' roll were The Chiffons, a Quartet based in The Bronx and had the somewhat dubious distinction of suing George Harrison and winning when it was decided (by judge and jury) that My Sweet Lord was a little too close in style and substance to The Chiffon's mega-hit He's So Fine.
Their popularity has continued over the years, but really peaked in the late 1960's when Girl Groups fell out of vogue with the record buying public.
During the mid-60's they were still cranking out hits and tonight's track is one of them.
Nobody Knows (What's Going On In My Mind But Me) is probably one of the longer song titles and certainly the longest song title for a Soul single. It peaked at 49 on the Billboard charts but was still a great track and got a lot of airplay. Maybe it rings a bell?
Nights At The Roundtable - continuing our tour around Christmas songs, I thought I would include one from the Doo-Wop period of rock n' roll. I don't really know about The Voices, other than they were a Los Angeles outfit originally on Cash Records. Read more...